Rheumatologists working in every practice setting face a number of challenges that can seem insurmountable. How do you cost-effectively manage administrative burdens? How do you establish an efficient and effective approach to capturing quality metrics? How do you maintain the critical elements of the care you provide, such as diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and patient access to medications?
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Through the work of rheumatology advocates working for and with the ACR and through initiatives with coalition partners, such as the American Medical Association (AMA), the College has made headway with payers and on Capitol Hill to make rheumatology practice more effective for and accessible to members and the patients they serve, according to ACR Government Affairs Committee Chair Angus Worthing, MD, FACR, FACP. One example of the power ACR advocacy efforts have had recently on daily practice: the College’s success with advocating for UnitedHealthCare to continue to reimburse rheumatologists for consultations, after proposing to stop payments for these important services, Dr. Worthing shares.
Here’s a look at several key practice areas in which the ACR’s advocacy efforts have been successful and how practices are reaping the benefits.